Category: Dunwoody Reporter

Transform 285/400 traffic changes through Sept. 25

The Georgia Department of Transportation has announced the latest round of lane and ramp closures and other traffic changes for Transform 285/400, its massive project to reconstruct the I-285/Ga. 400 interchange. Schedules may change based on the work and the weather. Ashford-Dunwoody Road closures Sept. 23-24, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., closed between Hammond Drive and Lake Hearn Drive. Ashford-Dunwoody Road ramp closures Sept. 23-24, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., ramp to I-285 westbound closed. Ga. 400 ramp closures Sept. 18 and 24-25, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., northbound and southbound ramps to I-285 westbound closed. Sept. 19 and...

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Fallen trees, wires cause road closures across north Atlanta cities

Local cities saw road closures from flooding or fallen trees and wires Sept. 16 and 17 as Hurricane Sally made landfall at the Alabama-Florida border. No injuries were reported in Brookhaven, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs. According to the National Weather Service, the Atlanta area saw 3 to 4 inches of rain over 24 hours starting at 5 p.m. on Sept. 16. Flash flood warnings were issued around the metro area, and residents and businesses experienced power outages. In Dunwoody, a massive oak tree fell from the historic Cheek-Spruill House property Sept. 17, blocking the intersection of Mount Vernon and...

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Dunwoody Planning Commission recommends approval of housing development on Roberts Drive, with conditions

A proposed housing development across from the new Austin Elementary School now has a recommendation for approval from the Dunwoody Planning Commission, though residents continue to have concerns about its density and location. Developer Peachland Housing Group requested rezoning 3.3 acres on Roberts Drive, which includes the historic Swancy Farmhouse, to allow more houses to accommodate the project. The developer intends it to be an “empty nester” community to help the city have better living options for senior residents, but there are no actual age restrictions for the homeowners and the Planning Commission recommends it should stay that way....

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Papa John’s pizza company to open new metro Atlanta headquarters; site to be determined

The pizza restaurant company Papa John’s International will open a 200-employee global headquarters in metro Atlanta next year at a site to be determined. The deal, announced Sept. 17 by the company and Gov. Brian Kemp, involves “government incentives” that the state would not disclose. The company’s executive headquarters is currently in the metro area of its original hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, and it will maintain a headquarters there for certain departments after the metro Atlanta move, according to a spokesperson. Atlanta, Brookhaven, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs are frequently in contention for such headquarters. Papa John’s CEO and President...

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Brookhaven and Dunwoody’s ZIP code COVID-19 diagnoses surpass 1,300 cases

COVID-19 diagnoses in the areas of Brookhaven and Dunwoody within the cities’ main ZIP codes have surpassed 1,300 cases, according to a DeKalb County Board of Health case tracker. The local ZIP code diagnoses are at 1,315 as of the county’s Sept. 13 report, compared to 1,292 as of the last report on Sept. 8. As of Sept. 13, Dunwoody’s main 30338 and 30346 ZIP codes had about 542 cases, which is up 11 cases since Sept. 8. Brookhaven’t main 30319 ZIP code had about 773, which is up 12 cases since Sept. 8. The county does not track...

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DeKalb Library Foundation hosts online fundraiser for internet assistance program

DeKalb Library Foundation is hosting an online fundraiser to support the DeKalb County Public Library’s internet assistance program. The online “Stay Home to Support the Library” fundraiser replaces the foundation’s annual “A Novel Affair: Tapas + Trivia” event, which will not happen this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Donations will go toward the Take the Internet Home with You program, which allows people to check out an internet hotspot from any branch of the library for 21 days, according to a press release. The foundation asks people to donate by Sept. 30 here. “The COVID-19 pandemic exposed just...

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Gov. Kemp extends pandemic safety rules through Sept. 30

Gov. Brian Kemp has extended the state pandemic safety rules through Sept. 30. The order, signed Sept. 15, extends such provisions as requiring social distancing; banning gatherings of more than 50 people unless there is six feet between each person; various specific rules for restaurants, salons and other businesses; mandatory requiring sheltering in place for those in long-term care facilities and the medically fragile. The order continues to allow local governments to mandate mask-wearing when COVID-19 cases are at a threshold of 100 per 100,000 people over a 14-day period. The order also allows some types of visitation to...

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Dunwoody to demolish former Austin Elementary School

The Dunwoody City Council approved the demolition of the former Austin Elementary School in a 6-1 vote during its Sept. 14 meeting. The demolition will cost $279,000, according to a bid from Complete Demolition Services. The DeKalb County School District considered keeping the old elementary school, located at 5435 Roberts Drive, to help with possible elementary school overcrowding, but dropped the issue in May 2019. The new Austin Elementary is located a half-mile away at 5321 Roberts Drive and opened in January. Mayor Lynn Deutsch said the district rejected the building because of the costly repairs. “It is not...

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‘Everything Will Be OK’ mural to find new home at Brook Run Park

Dunwoody’s iconic “Everything Will Be OK” mural will soon find a new home at Brook Run Park. The mural by artist Jason Kofke has had a 10-year stint on the side of the Spruill Gallery smokehouse building at 4681 Ashford-Dunwoody Road but will now be replaced by rotating, outdoor art installations. Kofke said he is excited for that location to become a place for more dynamic art experiments. The mural will be in the park within the next few months, according to a Spruill Center for the Arts press release. The Spruill Center for the Arts will have an...

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Dunwoody City Council approves new city laptops as first CARES Act purchase

Dunwoody City Council approved the city’s first purchase using federal COVID-19 relief funds during its Sept. 14 meeting. The Information Technology Department requested 83 new laptops for employees to better work from home. About half of those laptops replace desktops, while the other half replace “antiquated” versions, according to a city memo. The cost of the replacements will be $184,931, according to a quote for the purchase, which is less than the city budgeted for the technology updates. The city received $5.6 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds from DeKalb County, which allocated $32.6...

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Cities of Dunwoody and Sandy Springs team on promoting lunchtime restaurant business in pandemic

The cities of Dunwoody and Sandy Springs have combined forces on “Let’s Do Lunch,” a marketing campaign intended to boost local restaurants struggling in the pandemic economy — especially those hit by the loss of lunchtime business as people work remotely. The neighboring cities were working with their convention and visitors bureaus on similar marketing campaigns and decided to join forces. The Perimeter Center area includes parts of both cities. “In the Perimeter market in particular, many people don’t know where Dunwoody ends and Sandy Springs begins,” said Dunwoody spokesperson Jennifer Boettcher. “There are great restaurants in both cities,...

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DeKalb Schools anticipate hybrid reopening by Oct. 5 if COVID-19 cases trend downward

If the COVID-19 cases in DeKalb County continue declining, DeKalb County School District officials anticipate starting the phased reopening of schools by Oct. 5. But some Board of Education members are skeptical. Superintendent Cheryl Watson-Harris and the DCSD COVID-19 Task Force presented a tentative schedule and plan to start phasing back into face-to-face learning during a Sept. 14 DeKalb County Board of Education meeting. “I’m just a ball of anxiety, to be honest with you,” said board member Vickie Turner, who thought it was too soon to reintroduce students and staff into schools. “I don’t want to lose any...

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